TSR Updatez: The individuals have spoken and “The Activist,” which was initially set to be a actuality competitors collection, has been scrapped at CBS.
Within hours of the present being introduced, CBS got here beneath fireplace final week for its try of turning group activism into a contest present. In addition to individuals calling the producers of the present “tone deaf”, it didn’t assist that Julianne Hough, considered one of three judges signed on to the present, had beforehand confronted backlash for carrying “blackface” as a part of a Halloween costume.
According to CNN, CBS together with manufacturing companions Global Citizen and Live Nation stated, “The Activist was designed to show a wide audience the passion, long hours, and ingenuity that activists put into changing the world, hopefully inspiring others to do the same. However, it has become apparent the format of the show as announced distracts from the vital work these incredible activists do in their communities every day.”
“The push for global change is not a competition and requires a global effort. As a result, we are changing the format to remove the competitive element and reimagining the concept into a primetime documentary special (air date to be announced),” the assertion stated.
The collection had initially been arrange for six activists from around the globe to come back collectively “to bring meaningful change to one of three urgent universal causes: health, education and the environment.”
“The activists will compete in missions, media stunts, digital campaigns and community events aimed at garnering the attention of the world’s most powerful decision-makers, demanding action now,” in keeping with the present’s description.
Hough, Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas had been initially set to evaluate the competitors.
“Thank you for using your voices, calling me in, your accountability, and your candor,” wrote Hough in an Instagram submit. “I am deeply listening with an open heart and mind.”
The new present “will showcase the tireless work of six activists and the impact they have advocating for causes they deeply believe in,” and “each activist will be awarded a cash grant for the organization of their choice, as was planned for the original show,” in keeping with CBS’ assertion.
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